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Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican

Scientific name: Pelecanus onocrotalus
Order: Pelecaniformes

Also called Eastern White Pelican or White Pelican

The White Pelican breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the head held close to and aligned with the body by a downward bend in the neck.

Pelicans catch fish in their huge bill pouches, most, like this species, while swimming at the surface.

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